During Pride Week, rainbow goes with everything. It’s a tradition that dates back to Gay Pride Day 1978, when Gilbert Baker’s flag first flew in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. Since then, the symbol has become ubiquitous during Pride around the globe—on every wearable item imaginable. Here are some stylin’ Pride outfit ideas to show your colours this year.
Adidas has gone above and beyond with its 2020 collection of Pride sneakers. In a collaboration with Athlete Ally and Stonewall, its shell-toe Superstar features rainbow accents on the iconic three stripes on one side; on the other, an artful trefoil graphic is filled in with a patchwork of LGBTQ+ flags—a nod to the diversity of community ($110 at adidas.ca). Make more of a splash with high-top Pride Chuck Taylors ($75 at converse.ca). Using the “More Colour, More Pride” mantra, it expands its Pride rainbow to include brown and black stripes to symbolize and emphasize inclusion. The words DIVERSITY EQUALITY LOVE shout out from the outsole.
We’re loving the positive messaging on Pride T-shirts at Etsy, where Canada’s PinkMermaidDesigns spells out “Love Is Love” over multicoloured figures holding hands, or creates its own rainbow barcode over the word “PRIDE” ($29). Throw patriotism in there with PyesplaceCom’s black Canada Pride shirt, with a maple leaf rising up through the colours ($22.99), or purchase a real souvenir of this crazy time: “PRIDE 2020: the one where we had to gay at home”, by WhiteWolfeDesign ($22.99). Meanwhile, Make Vancouver, which donates 20 percent of Pride-themed sales to Qmunity, puts a rainbow block-letter PRIDE graphic on a black baseball shirt ($29), a white tank top ($29), and white tees ($25). For something wildly different, check out the same shop’s Hummingbird Pride design, by local artist Leah Day, which features the West Coast bird splattering multihued paint behind it as it soars ($29). Pair one of the tees with Adidas’s Pride Pacer Shorts—an old-school blast from the ’70s past, white emblazoned with a badge featuring a mosaic of LGBTQ+ flags ($35, adidas.ca).
Get loud and proud with a rainbow tutu; we found one with LED lights at amazon.ca ($13.99), or as part of a convenient set that comes with tights and long gloves to match ($23.99, amazon.ca). Still too subdued for you? Fork out for flowy, multicoloured butterfly wings ($12.99). And if Vancouver weather turns drizzly for your socially distanced day out, don’t forget your rainbow umbrella ($25.97, amazon.ca).
And finally, the ultimate Pride 2020 fashion accessory: the COVID mask. We dig Make Vancouver’s adjustable white original, with a filter pocket for added protection, a big PRIDE spelled out in rainbow hues, and proceeds going to Qmunity ($16). For the same price, check out a black version with a heart-shaped rendition of the Vancouver skyline drawn out in the colour spectrum, and VAN PRIDE dancing in the clouds above it. Meanwhile, paddlevancouver.ca has a quartet of cool designs; our favourites are the rainbow-lips version and another that asserts “LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE” over the symbolic colours ($16).